Imagine having a migraine that is so severe that even the slightest light or noise can make you feel worse. Your only option is to stay in a dark, quiet room. If you suffer from migraine headaches, this may be how it feels. Migraine headaches are a common condition that affects millions of Americans, including Marcia Cross, one of America’s most prominent TV and film actresses.
Migraine headaches affect more than 28 million Americans. They are three times more common in women than in men. Migraines can cause severe headaches that can make it difficult to live a normal life.
Marcia was able to be diagnosed quickly after seeing a doctor. She suffers from classic migraine symptoms like nausea and visual disturbances, which are known as aura. Marcia was not able to manage her migraines effectively for many years, despite being quickly diagnosed. One time, her pain was so severe that she had to go to the emergency room.
She finally found relief about ten years later. She was on set when she suffered a severe migraine headache and had to be taken home. Marcia says that a woman who had suffered from migraines on set told her about the relief she received with Imitrex(r] [sumatriptan succinate] tablets. That was a turning point in my life. It was prescribed by my doctor, who also recommended it to me. It worked and I’ve been using it since.
Marcia has learned more about migraines and how certain foods and stress can trigger them. Although migraines still affect her daily life, they are not a part of her daily routine. I don’t fear them any more. I know what triggers them and how to avoid them. I do still get migraines from time to time so I always have my prescription migraine medication with me. Marcia says that she takes it as soon as I feel the migraine pain is onset to help me get back to my normal life.
Marcia Cross, a migraine sufferer herself, is sharing her story today in the hope that it will inspire others to seek help.
Marcia says that she struggled with migraines for many years. “At the time, there wasn’t anything that could help me.” “But, today, there’s no reason to suffer. You can manage your migraines with effective migraine-specific medication. First, consult a doctor to get your migraines diagnosed.
Although it sounds easy, diagnosing migraines can be difficult. Nearly half of migraine sufferers are not diagnosed. The symptoms of migraine can vary greatly from one person to another, and some people don’t feel the typical symptoms. This makes diagnosis difficult.
Migraine sufferers can also be misdiagnosed. Migraine pain can be felt on either side of the head and may include other symptoms such as a runny nose or sinus/face pain, pressure and pressure, neck pain, and headaches. Many people are misdiagnosed as having tension or “sinus headaches” because they don’t associate these symptoms with migraine. This can be a problem because patients may mistakenly think they are suffering from migraine. Migraine sufferers can be delayed by this.
What You Can Do
There are steps you can follow to help you if you have frequent headaches. The first step is to be able to recognize and describe your symptoms. Patients suffering from migraine who can accurately describe their symptoms are more likely get the correct diagnosis.
It can be difficult to decide what information to share with your doctor because symptoms can vary greatly from one person to another. There are some tools that can help. Marcia says that the Headache Quiz can be a helpful tool to help you communicate what you’re feeling. I encourage anyone who suffers from severe headaches to complete the quiz and speak to their doctor. They can receive the treatment they need once they have the correct diagnosis.
Important Safety Information about Imitrex (r)
Imitrex can be used to treat migraines in adults with or without aura.
Imitrex should not be taken by patients with certain types of heart disease, history or TIAs of stroke, peripheral vascular disease, Raynaud Syndrome, or uncontrolled blood pressure. Before taking Imitrex, patients with high blood pressure, high cholesterol or diabetes, as well as those who smoke, need to be evaluated by a doctor. Rarely, people with serious heart problems have been diagnosed even if they don’t have heart disease. Talk to your doctor if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, or taking medication.